"Wow!" is the exact reaction we have heard from anybody that has laid eyes on this car. It is truly the type that leaves you speechless as you walk around it trying to take it all in. Yes beauty is in the eye of the beholder but we have yet to find a single person who doesn't agree this may be one of the most gorgeous cars they have seen. It has undergone a complete restoration and is without a doubt one of the nicest out there. The process took 18 months to complete with no corners cut along the way. It has remained in Texas its entire life and since being finished has only been driven 100 miles to insure everything was working properly. The 1957 Buick Special 40 Riviera body is laser straight and looks amazing from front to rear. From the side these cars were similar to the tri five cars but with quarter windows and other unique body accents like the side trim they really take it to the next level. The car is painted in a Red Metallic 2 stage paint that makes the perfect combination with all that chrome. You would really have a tough time finding a better color. There is just something about the look of this car that grabs you. We have seen 50's Buicks in the past so we aren't unfamiliar with these cars but this one is just something special. The large front bumper and grill have an excellent finish as does all the other chrome/stainless on the car. In fact 14K of the invested dollars went strictly towards the chrome/stainless work. It has all of the correct style emblems throughout and all are cleanly mounted as is the front fender accents on both sides. All of the glass is in good condition and the windows have been covered with a nice tint. The car has a great stance and one of the best choices in the restoration process had to have been deciding on white wall wrapped Kelsey Hayes wire wheels because they look perfect on the car. The drive train of the car as well as the interior and underneath is just as nice as the top. Under the hood is a 364 c.i. 250hp Nailhead motor that has been finished out in a nostalgic original style. This isn't a car where you need a bunch of bolt on chrome to get attention because the beautiful original appearance has just as nice of a finish. All of the painted components look like new and everything is very cleanly done. The engine compartment gets just as much respect as the body of the car does. A 2 barrel carburetor is in place which has been adjusted to a nice smooth idle. The car was equipped with factory AC originally and this system is still in place but has been upgraded with a more modern compressor. Other nice luxuries include the power steering system which makes it extremely easy to drive. It has dual exhaust routed out of the back which deliver an awesome sound. An automatic transmission backs up the motor and sends horsepower through the enclosed drive shaft to the 3:58 gear rear end. A 20 gallon fuel tank is in place which is plenty to keep this 122in wheel based machine rolling for a good while. If all of that doesn't have you convinced that you won't find anything better then the interior is sure to be the icing on the cake. It is done in a 2 tone brown leather and was extremely well done. Apart from being very comfortable it just looks awesome! Little touches like incorporating the leather into the dash pad and glove box door create a look that you may have never seen before. On the dash you will find a lot of the original style components but features like the gauges have been fully restored. A vintage AM radio is in place but this is strictly for licks. A hidden AM/FM/Satellite/MP3 stereo was added and hidden to preserve some of the original look of the dash. This allows you to have the best of both worlds, the vintage look everyone loves and the modern sounds that only a new stereo can provide. The steering wheel was also fully restored and is painted white. But wait! Theres more! The trunk is done just as nicely and a custom boot was made to hide away the spare. Look around at other cars out there and you will find yourself always thinking back to this one. There aren't a ton of these out there on the market and those that are come no where close to this classic! Don't miss this chance because it won't be around for long! Price much less than the over 100K invested at $94,500.00!
The Pick of the Day is a dramatically styled luxury craft
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The Pick of the Day, a 1953 Buick Super Riviera, is such a build featuring subtle modifications for an overall exceptionally clean look.
I bought my 1964 Buick Riviera in 2012. The owner told me the car was purchased new by his aunt and uncle in Glendale, California.